Romans 2

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Or do you despise the riches of His goodness, forbearance, and longsuffering, not knowing that the goodness of God leads you to repentance?

– Romans 2:4

I can remember arguing with them. Whether it was the Latter Day Saint or Jehovah’s Witness at my door, or a friend at football practice after school. I had the apologetic answers. I’d read the defending the faith books and knew which verses to toss at which arguments. Funny thing; those pat answers only seemed to fuel the argument. Lots of fuel. Very little fruit.

I don’t know when the change happened. But there was a distinctive change in the way I would share. Someone would lob softball of an argument or empty question my way… one I had reasoned through several times before. But instead of slamming a line-drive back at them, I’d redirect the conversation back to God’s goodness and patience with me. It’s not that there isn’t a good answer for the difficult questions. In fact, if there aren’t coherent answers in Christianity, then Christianity is worthless. But so many difficult questions are (in the moment) a diversion. A distraction from the core issue.

“Nicodemus, most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

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